The "Outer Space" Edition
Remember my mattress saga? Turns out I am in good company. The brilliant Patricia Marx, of On and Off The Avenue/New Yorker fame, also struggled. When I next have a shopping conundrum I will channel her and try to write 1/100th of a coiled spring as well as she.
Semi-business news: I spoke on a panel this week. It was the first post-Pandemic panel, for me. It went well, in the sense that it was a comfortable subject, the session was well attended and my co-panelist and I seemed to be appreciated. It was also fun that I re-united with Jeanine from a long ago when we both worked at Viacom, which was the corporate meat in the MTV Networks (when I was there) and Paramount Global (now) sandwich of corporate merging and un-merging and re-merging.
Fun as it was, panels—and maybe keynotes, fireside chats, breakout sessions, and offsites—may be like my eggs: I was only born with so many of them and the egg-carton of speech-giving might be nearly all scrambled. We shall see. I do like to opine!
In Broadway news, sadly, I missed The Bedwetter. Shame on me because Sarah Silverman is a hero and super-smart and funny people loved the show. So let’s all make it a goal to see Lea Michele in Funny Girl (good story, below). And if that doesn’t suit you, just (re-)watch the legendary Don’t Rain On My Parade ‘Glee’ performance which. was. a. stunner. And was replayed in my living room with much pantomiming, if not (private) karaoke-ing). Auto-tune shmauto-tune — she can sing and she is gonna BRING IT to Broadway. Just my opinion.
Also my opinion, shark attacks a few hundred yards or so from me are, um, insane.
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THE PIC(K) OF THE WEEK:
Barbara Kruger: A Way With Words via The New York Times
Joe Biden’s Dobbs Response Has Been Breathtakingly Awful via The Cut
They Will Never Believe Us. Not Even If We’re 10-Years Old via All In Her Head
Life Lessons From Laura Wasser, Divorce Lawyer To The Stars via The New Yorker
CRIME & PUNISHMENT:
’Where The Crawdads Sing’ Author Wanted For Questioning In Murder via The Atlantic
Witnesses Testify In Brittney Griner’s Defense As Her Drug Trial Continues In Russia via The New York Times
HEALTH & WELLNESS:
The Girl In The Picture: Precocious Puberty and Its Reflection via Harper’s
RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITY:
Facing Lawsuit, Catholic Bishops Allow Lesbian to Foster Child via The Washington Post
Secret Schools Enable Afghanistan’s Teen Girls To Skirt Taliban’s Education Banb via Goats & Soda
THE ARTS & POP CULTURE:
Zendaya, Sarah Paulson, and Quinta Brunson Among Lead Actress Nominations For 2022 Emmys via Collider
Inside The Broadway Blow-Up Over Lea Michele Replacing Beanie Feldstein In ‘Funny Girl’ via The Daily Beast
Meryl Streep’s One Weird Trick via The New York Times
Angels and Demons: Exposing The Dark Side Of Victoria’s Secret via The Guardian
Dakota Johnson On Family, Sexual Agency, and The ‘Psychotic’ Making of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ via Vanity Fair
Black Women Are Balling Out, Making Their Impact On The U.S. National Soccer Team via Andscape
A POEM, WHY NOT?:
Bringing Up Mother via Guernica Magazine
Joyce C. Lashof, Doctor Who Shattered Glass Ceilings, Dies At 96 via The New York Times
AND WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT…?:
Texas Angler Becomes First Female High School National Champion via The Washington Post